ECO-TIPS FOR THE HOME RENOVATOR

Find ways to improve the energy efficiency of an older home with often simple and practical ideas by attending a talk by Andrew Marsh, author of  ”Sustainability and the Old Australian Home.”  He is scheduled to appear on Tuesday 10th September 2019 at 7.30 – 9 pm. at the Adelaide Hills Natural Resource Centre, 1 Crescent Drive, Norton Summit.  The cost is $5.00.  The book will also be on sale on the night for $15.00.  To book, please email Val Hunt on valhunt@ahnrc.org

ECHIDNA CSI: PLEASE HELP TO SAVE THEM

Echidnas are an iconic species in Australia. Together with the platypus they comprise the unique group of egg-laying mammals (monotremes). As the oldest surviving mammalian lineage, studying monotremes has provided ground breaking insights into the evolution of all mammals. However, there are increasing concerns about conservation of this unique species in the changing environment across Australia and we lack understanding of key aspects of wild populations including their distribution, biology and diversity.

Long term studies on Kangaroo Island (SA) have already established a sharp decline in numbers, which resulted in their recent EPBC listing as endangered. In order to protect and conserve echidnas in the future it is imperative we fill these major knowledge gaps. And you can help!

To find out more about amazing echidnas and the results of the Echidna CSI/Echidna Watch project, come along to the talk presented by Professor Frank Grutzner from the School of Biological Studies at Adelaide University. Frank headed the research team that included ecological and molecular researchers, students and the Australian community. There is still time for you to get involved in this project as we near Echidna breeding season – a great time to go echidna spotting.

The talk about Echidna CSI by Professor Frank Grutzner will be held at the Adelaide Hills Natural Resource Centre, 4 Crescent Drive, Norton Summit on Tuesday 20th of August. It starts at 7.30 and the cost is $5 which includes a light supper. To reserve your seat, please email valhunt@ahnrc.org

QUIET GREEN ACHIEVERS UNEARTHED

Ten Quiet Green Achievers were presented with certificates and vouchers on Saturday June 1st at the Adelaide Hills Natural Resource Centre (AHNRC).

“All of the recipients were nominated for their long term commitment to the environment, on either their own properties or public lands” said Val Hunt, Coordinator of the AHNRC. “They also came from right across the hills area, showing how effective it is to promote events in the hills papers”.

The Quiet Green Achievers 2019 regularly volunteer countless hours in their community for the benefit of everyone who visits public spaces or enjoys the natural landscape and wildlife of the Adelaide Hills.

BACK ROW L-R: Andrew Davidson (Chair AHNRC), Sean Wessex-Brown, Peter Sharley (partly hidden), David Jarvis, Hugh Stewart.
FRONT ROW: Ann Taylor, Tony Vincent, Toni Pillar (for Carolyn Biggs), Della Rowley, Wendy Stewart

The winners of the 7th  year of awards are:

Ann Taylor, a member of Friends of Black Hill Morialta since 1986, minute Secretary and volunteer in Morialta National Park.

David & Sue Jarvis, members of Trees For Life, Friends of Kenneth Stirling and 6th Creek Catchment Group.

Carolyn Biggs, a long standing member of Sturt Upper Reaches Landcare Group, involved with research and photos for their publications.

Della Rowley, for land conservation to protect Southern Brown Bandicoots on her property and managing a sustainable Bed and Breakfast “Bimbimble Hideaway”.

Peter Sharley, has improved farming land and restored native vegetation on his property by controlling woody weeds and planting over 20,000 plants.

Tony Vincent, Chair of Friends of Charleston Conservation Park, member of Mid-Torrens Catchment Group and Kersbrook Landcare Group, Treasurer of Seeding Natives and other groups, while managing a 50 ha bush block.

Wendy & Hugh Stewart. Members of 6th Creek Catchment Group and Friends of Merchants Rd, restored native vegetation on their own property with weed control over many years and are active volunteers in the community.

Seán Wessex-Brown, for establishing a native grass lawn and a backyard for wildlife at his home, while encouraging and mentoring others to do the same and for many years of sharing his skills with the community through volunteering.

APPRECIATING PERAMANGK ROCK ART

Dotted around the Mt Lofty Ranges, there are many special rock art sites, mostly on private lands.

The history and stories of the Peramangk people are spiritually connected to these sites and are a valuable record of their culture and movement through the hills. The art work in many rock shelters in the eastern ranges depict dreamtime stories, ceremonies and hunting scenes.

Robin Coles will talk about the Rock Art of The Mt Lofty Ranges and Newly Recorded Art Sites at the Adelaide Hills Natural Resource Centre, 4 Crescent Drive, Norton Summit from 7-9pm on Tuesday June 18th.

Robin is the author of “The Ochre Warriors, Peramangk Culture and Rock Art in the Mt Lofty Ranges” and regularly takes guided tours of some of the art sites. Copies of the book will be on sale on the night.

If you wish to attend this fascinating and culturally important talk, email valhunt@ahnrc.org to reserve your seat. The cost is $5 per person, payable on the night and includes a light supper.

QUIET GREEN ACHIEVERS AWARD!

The Quiet Green Achievers Awards will be presented at a public event with a light lunch at the Adelaide Hills Natural Resource Centre to celebrate World Environment Day. The awards celebrate the people in the community whose actions support the environmental health of the region. People who do this without seeking compensation or recognition.

In the past 38 people over 6 years have been awarded awards for a an amazing range of activities such as land care, supporting sustainability, school related projects, creating habitat for wildlife – and other wonderful work with the environment.

Come along and see the depth of commitment and passion for the environment demonstrated by our 2019 Quiet Green Achievers!

Please RSVP to valhunt@ahnrc.org or phone 8390 1891 by Thursday 30 May 2019.

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POPULAR NATIVE PLANT SALE

A call out to all  keen native gardeners! You will be interested to know that the Adelaide Hills Natural Resource Centre is hosting a sale run by the Kersbrook Landcare Group. People who have been to their nursery know the work that Yvonne and her volunteers put into establishing and caring for their tubestock. Most plants are $2.50 or less when buying in bulk and it will be the best value for money that you will ever spend! For more information and a stock list go to the Kersbrook Landcare Group’s website or ring Yvonne on 0430018007.

The location is at The Summit Community Centre, 4 Crescent Drive, Norton Summit on Saturday 8th June 2019 between 10 am – 12 pm.